Board of Directors

The HNA will, in perpetuity, remain a membership-based corporation for the intent and purposes of electing a board of directors. 

Members of HNA are those who:

  • Share a commitment to the values espoused in the organization’s mission statement
  • Live- , and/or own property- , and/or own businesses-, in-between the boundaries of Pulaski Rd., Belmont Ave., Cicero Ave., North Ave.
  • Volunteer or attend at least eight (8) HNA meetings per year 
  • Complied with all these criteria over the past 12 months 

Each Elected Director shall serve a two (2) year term. Beginning on January 1, 2016, Elected Director terms shall be staggered into Class A Directors (made up of five (5) Elected Directors) and Class B Directors (made up of five (5) Elected Directors). The board can appoint up to three (3) appointed board members who do not have to meet any of the above criteria of membership. 

The current average board member has lived in Hermosa for over 20 years. There's a mixture of old and new residents on today's HNA board. 

Officers

 
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Ruperto Medina – President

rupert@ourhermosa.org

Ruperto Medina Jr. is a retired telecommunication sales and service manager. Mr. Medina has lived in the Hermosa community for over 30 years and graduated from Kelvyn Park High School, where he was the student council Vice President for two years. Mr. Medina has also served in the United States Marine corps and is heavily involved in the community. Mr. Medina has been instrumental in the advocacy of infrastructure improvements in the 31st Ward through Participatory Budgeting. Mr. Medina has also been involved in Local School Councils, serving on two different councils and represented Hermosa’s school district as a School Board Nominating Commissioner.

 
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Alejandra Fleck – secretary

alejandra@ourhermosa.org

Alejandra Fleck, also known as Alex, works for the Chicago Public Schools (CPS) at Hawthorne Scholastic Academy. She has 4 children - two girls and two boys, her oldest daughter works as a Kindergarten dual language teacher and the other three children attend Disney II Magnet School. Mrs. Fleck has Lived in Hermosa since 1981. Besides being the block captain of her block, she, along with four other community members, founded the nonprofit Hermosa Neighborhood Association (HNA) in November 2014 and sits on the Board of Directors. Mrs. Fleck works towards improving and making Hermosa - a clean, safe and unified community.

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Alma Kreuser – Vice PRESIDENT

almak@ourhermosa.org

Alma Kreuser has worked as a Project Manager for three large advertising agencies since the early 80's. She is now a stay-a-home-mom and housewife and loves every minute of it.  Her parents purchased a home in Hermosa in 1982 and they have been proud members of the community ever since. Alma has since married and moved out of the neighborhood. but with her family still in Hermosa, she felt the need to unify the community. She posted a message to social media in November of 2014 and four other Hermosa members met and the rest is history. Those four members founded the Hermosa Neighborhood Association (HNA) which became a nonprofit in early 2015. Mrs. Kreuser works closely with neighbors and her Wards' representatives to ensure we all work together to make the changes necessary for our main goal - a clean, safe and unified community.

 
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jorge Felix Treasurer

jorge@ourhermosa.org

Jorge Felix is a true artist in every aspect of the word. A gardener, kind soul and amazing in the kitchen, you can find Jorge putting on art shows in the Humboldt Park area as well as getting his hands dirty right here in his home of Hermosa.

Board members

 Kristen Pratt kalaman      kristen@ourhermosa.org     Kristen Pratt Kalaman is the Sustainability Manager at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. In this position, she educates Chicagoans about environmental issues that matter in their everyday lives, then supports them as they lead community-based sustainability service projects. Ms. Pratt applies her community engagement skills and sustainability knowledge through workshops and initiatives with the Hermosa Neighborhood Association, offering expertise in areas including: energy efficiency; water conservation; stormwater management; recycling and composting; and urban ecology. Ms. Pratt loves caring for her historic Chicago bungalow, walking her dog throughout the neighborhood, and baking delicious treats to share with friends and neighbors.

Kristen Pratt kalaman 

kristen@ourhermosa.org

Kristen Pratt Kalaman is the Sustainability Manager at the Peggy Notebaert Nature Museum. In this position, she educates Chicagoans about environmental issues that matter in their everyday lives, then supports them as they lead community-based sustainability service projects. Ms. Pratt applies her community engagement skills and sustainability knowledge through workshops and initiatives with the Hermosa Neighborhood Association, offering expertise in areas including: energy efficiency; water conservation; stormwater management; recycling and composting; and urban ecology. Ms. Pratt loves caring for her historic Chicago bungalow, walking her dog throughout the neighborhood, and baking delicious treats to share with friends and neighbors.

 Matilda Montalvo-Lugo     matilda@ourhermosa.org     Matilda Montalvo-Lugo is a long time resident of the Hermosa community. Having resided in Hermosa for over 25 years, Mrs. Montalvo-Lugo joined HNA to be a part of her neighborhood and actively play a role in the change that she wanted to see. Mrs. Montalvo-Lugo believes strongly in the mission of HNA and has been instrumental in the implementation of HNA’s clean and green initiative, where residents of the community come together to clean up parks, blocks, and schools throughout Hermosa. Mrs. Montalvo-Lugo is also on the Local school council of Nixon Elementary and is hoping to utilize her connections to help make improvements to the schools’ relationship with the community.

Matilda Montalvo-Lugo

matilda@ourhermosa.org

Matilda Montalvo-Lugo is a long time resident of the Hermosa community. Having resided in Hermosa for over 25 years, Mrs. Montalvo-Lugo joined HNA to be a part of her neighborhood and actively play a role in the change that she wanted to see. Mrs. Montalvo-Lugo believes strongly in the mission of HNA and has been instrumental in the implementation of HNA’s clean and green initiative, where residents of the community come together to clean up parks, blocks, and schools throughout Hermosa. Mrs. Montalvo-Lugo is also on the Local school council of Nixon Elementary and is hoping to utilize her connections to help make improvements to the schools’ relationship with the community.

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Javier Lopez

javier@ourhermosa.org

Javier Lopez is a yet another Hermosa resident who has spent almost his entire life here. 

 
 Jane Jara Martinez     jane@ourhermosa.org     Jane Martinez has lived in Hermosa since a very young age and takes pride in her community. President of the Hermosa Park Advisory Council, it is not uncommon to find her volunteering with the park district. Spending almost a decade working in hospitality she has become instrumental in the planning and organizing of many HNA events.

Jane Jara Martinez

jane@ourhermosa.org

Jane Martinez has lived in Hermosa since a very young age and takes pride in her community. President of the Hermosa Park Advisory Council, it is not uncommon to find her volunteering with the park district. Spending almost a decade working in hospitality she has become instrumental in the planning and organizing of many HNA events.

 

Founders

HNA was founded in October, 2014 in a local Hermosa bar called The Levee Hall when the following board members came together and decided to create an organization to bring structural change to their community. Those board members include:

Colin Bird

Alma Kreuser 

Steven Wozny

Alejandra Fleck

Matilda Montalvo-Lugo

Former Board members

The following board members served on the HNA interim board

Marilynn Lopez

Sean Elliot

Maria Villagomez 

Joelle McCalla

Sadiki McCalla

Leonardo Giron

Joshua "Xeno" Martinez

Angela Becker Serrano

Jenna Sigman